metro blues shawlette — and a blocking crash course

I’m so happy to present my latest pattern!
metro blues shawlette

When Janie & Susan at my beloved Looped Yarn Works asked if I would design a shawl for the third annual Metro Yarn Crawl, I jumped at the chance.  Joelle over at Wandering Wool dyed a special batch of the exclusive-to-Looped colour “Metro Blues” in her single ply merino, Saranac Fingering.  This colourway is gorgeous: a perfect “semi-solid” with tints and shades contributing to the texture without detracting from the design.
metro blues shawlette

This shawl has a simple modular construction.  The vertical lines come from garter stitch ridges in a modified triangle knit from one side to the other.  I added a little ‘V’ in the middle to reduce bulk and fit around the neck.  The ‘V’ is hardly visible when worn, but I think it works as a design element (maybe it works because you can’t see it, hmmm.  that’s deep).

Once the triangle is done, stitches are picked up along the bottom of the triangle, and a simple lace and garter stitch border completes the shawl.

metro blues shawlette

This pattern is available exclusively at Looped Yarn Works in Washington, DC.  It is free in print format with the purchase of a skein of Wandering Wool Saranac Fingering yarn!

As you can see from the blocking photos below, the scalloped edge needs some encouragement to express itself.  The points soften quite a bit after the pins are removed.

metro blues shawlette - blocking

A Quick Blocking Tutorial:

1. Soak the whole thing in warm water and Soak (or some other rinse-free delicates wash.  NOT WOOLITE, people) for 15-20 min.

2.  Gently squeeze out excess water and roll up in a towel.

3. Thread 4 blocking wires painstakingly along the long straight edges of the triangle: (a) the top two through every other garter ridge on the edges flanking the ‘V,’ and (b) the bottom two through the eyelets between the triangle and the lace edge.

4. Start pinning the triangle into place, working from the centre out, measuring to make sure sides are symmetrical.

5. Pin each lace point along the edge to give it a scalloped effect.

6. The ‘V’ in the middle at the top probably doesn’t even need a pin, as it is stretched out by external forces.  But to make a more pronounced point, a couple of pins can encourage that.

7. Allow to dry completely.  Put a fan on it if need be.  When it’s dry dry dry, you may remove the pins and wear it!

6 Comments

  • Susan
    April 20, 2013 - 3:31 PM | Permalink

    Hi Jess. Love Metro Blues! Thanks so much for making this for us. We’re having a blast at the yarn crawl. Only wish you were here! Love you, Susan

  • daD
    April 20, 2013 - 3:52 PM | Permalink

    Nice work and description, Jess, even though I didn’t understand much of it….

  • April 21, 2013 - 3:03 PM | Permalink

    Love the pattern! I’m looking forward to making one myself!

  • Cindy Vilchek
    April 30, 2013 - 7:42 PM | Permalink

    On the metro blues shawl in the section where rows 25 – 28 get repeat until you have just 6 stitches — I don’t see how the pattern will cause the stitches to go down. They seem to even out and stay at the same number. Please help!

    • Jessica
      April 30, 2013 - 9:20 PM | Permalink

      Hi Cindy – the stitch count goes down by one stitch every four rows in this section. Row 27: yo, k2tog, k1, SSK, k to end contains this decrease.

  • Cindy Vilchek
    April 30, 2013 - 9:38 PM | Permalink

    Okay. I’ll try that. Thank you.

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